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Fal & Helford

The Fal and Helford Special Area of Conservation (SAC) is part of a network of European designations set up to protect biodiversity.


Fal & Helford Special Area of Conservation

The Helford and Fal Estuaries falls into the recently identified Fal and Helford Special Area of Conservation (SAC) which is complex, ranging from exposed to sheltered marine habitats.

It qualifies in respect of the following habitats:-

  • Large shallow inlets and bays
  • Atlantic salt meadows (Fal rather than Helford)
  • Mudflats and sandflats not covered by seawater at low tide
  • Sandbanks which are slightly covered by seawater at all times (The eelgrass beds and maerl are sub features)

Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) are strictly protected sites designated under the EC Habitats Directive.

They are areas which have been given special protection under the European Union’s Habitats Directive. They provide increased protection to a variety of wild animals, plants and habitats and are a vital part of global efforts to conserve the world’s biodiversity.